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Posh Birmingham Restaurant Reopens Tuesday as a Casual Italian Spot Casa Pernoi

Plus, Food Lab Detroit launches a paid fellowship and ghosts fill empty seats at a Royal Oak restaurant

Pasta on a white plate with red sauce and a line of wine bottles in the background.
Fettuccine tutto mare at Casa Pernoi.
Casa Pernoi [Courtesy photo]
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Pernoi rebrands as a casual Italian restaurant

Several months after collaborator Takashi Yagihashi moved on from the business and following a pivot to carryout due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, high-end Japanese-Italian restaurant Pernoi is transitioning into a casual Italian restaurant called Casa Pernoi. The rebranded restaurant from owner Luciano Del Signore opens for dine-in service on Tuesday, June 16. Diners can expect options like ricotta ravioli, charred octopus, and veal chop parmigiano.

Detroit-based food and labor fellowship now accepting applications

Food Lab Detroit is currently accepting applications for its Fellowship for Change in Food & LAbor. The six-month paid fellowship, sponsored by Aetna Foundation and the New Economy Initiative, is an opportunity for cooks, chefs, and restaurateurs to collaborate and learn from local business owners about building a better food system and restaurant industry. Applications are live now and close on June 29, 2020.

Ghosts take the place of customers at Royal Oak restaurant

Social distancing dummies, mannequins, and stuffed animals are now standing in for customers at many restaurants across the United States right now. In Royal Oak, Trattoria Pizzeria da Luigi is filling its empty seats with ghosts.

Governor visits Detroit restaurant

As Michigan restaurants and bars reopened last week for dine-in service at 50 percent capacity, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer paid a masked visit to Tou & Mai in Cass Corridor for a taro milk tea.

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Tou & Mai

4240 Cass Avenue, , MI 48201 Visit Website


310 East Maple Road, , MI 48009 (248) 940-0000 Visit Website